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wisp

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noun \ ˈwisp \

Definition of wisp

1 :a small handful (as of hay or straw)
2 a :a thin strip or fragment
b :a thready streak
  • a wisp of smoke
c :something frail, slight, or fleeting
  • a wisp of a girl
  • a wisp of a smile
3 archaic :will-o'-the-wisp

wispily

play \ˈwi-spə-lē\ adverb

wispiness

play \ˈwi-spē-nəs\ noun

wispy

play \ˈwi-spē\ adjective

Examples of wisp in a Sentence

  1. Wisps of steam rose up from the teapot.

  2. Wisps of cotton candy clung to his mouth.

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Origin and Etymology of wisp

Middle English


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wisp

verb

Definition of wisp

transitive verb
1 :to roll into a wisp
2 :to make wisps of
  • a cigarette wisping smoke at the corner of his mouth
  • —Raymond Chandler
intransitive verb
:to emerge or drift in wisps
  • her hair began to wisp into her eyes
  • —Mary Manning

First Known Use of wisp

1753



WISP Defined for English Language Learners

wisp

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noun

Definition of wisp for English Language Learners

  • : a thin streak of smoke, mist, etc.

  • : a thin thread or strand of something (such as hair)

  • : a small amount of something


WISP Defined for Kids

wisp

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noun \ ˈwisp \

Definition of wisp for Students

1 :a thin piece or strand
  • wisps of hair
2 :a thin streak
  • wisps of smoke
3 :a small amount of something There was a wisp of a smile on her face.


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